Chinapainting • Tim Nelson • Dennis Moser • Rob Byrd
Five musicians from literally across the Northern Hemisphere--from Maine and Massachusetts to New York and Oaxaca, Mexico-- gathered on August 2, 2008 to perform for an evening of musical exploration and improvisation.
Chinapainting is comprised of Daryl Shawn (Oaxaca, Mexico) and Jim Goodin (Brooklyn, NY). Goodin and Shawn collaborated online and by the Spring of 2007, had released two CDs. That August, they met in person for the first time and played several East Coast venues including Brooklyn's Center for improvised Music and The Space in Hamden, CT. They appeared on a special live radio performance on Scott Raymond's "Secret Music" braodcast on Vassar College's WVKR-FM station. Taking advantage of being together, they spent two daus recording at FlyMax Studios in Woodstock, NY, and performed as featured artists at the 6th Annual International Live Looping Festival in Santa Cruz, CA. They continue to work together online and this appearance in Boston is part of an extended tour for 2008.
Multi-instrumentalist Tim Nelson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) is another looper who cites eclectic influences ranging from Robert Rich, Terje Rypdal, Brian Eno and Steve Tibbets to his daughter Chloe, Gyorgy Ligeti, Edgar Varese, Arvo Part, and John Coltrane, to name but a few of the many. No stranger to the Boston area, he was a featured performer at Cambridges's Zetigeist Gallery its 2003"Sonic Blender" event ... filmed as part of program that asked "Is Electronic Music the End of the Big Band?" In 1999, Tim co-founded the international, internet-based Chain Tape Collective, a group of experimental musicians who regularly release compilation CDs.
A Massachusetts newcomer, Dennis Moser, aka "usr/sbin", aka "AldoManutio Abruzzo", is proof that Texas is a cultural nation unto itself and capable of many surprises. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, studying trombone, classical guitar, and Renaissance lute, he is the epitome of a non-typical Texas musican. Transplanted to New England and switching to electric, and electronic, guitar he focuses on creating multi-layered improvised soundscapes filled with loops of rich timbres and color. He has appeared at Different Skies (September, 2006), Western New York's Looperpalooza (2007), live in the WVKR-FM studios, as part of Scott Raymond's "Secret Music" show, and at the Open Sound performances (2008).
Rob Byrd has an army, right here in Somerville, MA ... For many years guitar player Rob Byrd has been performing improvised ambient music in a wide variety of settings from the legendary CBGB’s in New York City to the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. Fascinated by how sounds exist in time and space, he treats electric guitar with various signal processing equipment to spawn sonic pieces that are shaped by the location at which they are being performed and by the energies of those present. The aim is to create a shared experience of reflection and meditation which resonates between performer, venue, and audience, but can also be enjoyed purely on a musical level as well.
This album is a recording of a live performance of Five Knaves at The Nave on August 2, 2008. It was produced by Randy Winchester for ARTSomerville. CD quality FLAC files of this recording are available from http://www.archive.org/details/FiveKnavesAtTheNave
Other albums in the Five Knaves at The Nave series on Jamendo:
Image credit for album cover: Original image can be found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=1586330. Taken by Enoch Lau on 22 January 2007. As a courtesy, please let me know if you alter this image. Original filename was IMG_1159.JPG. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license versions 2.5, 2.0, and 1.0
ARTSomerville (ARTS) is a volunteer arts organization based in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, which draws upon the talents of local creativity, strengthening communication among artists and the public by presenting exhibits, performances, and educational activities. Albums appearing under the ARTSomerville logo are from artists that have given performances at ARTSomerville sponsored events. Visit www.artsomerville.org to learn more.
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